We arrived in Sydney late last night. Our hotel is fantastic! We are right in the middle of everything. The Opera House is just around the corner. The Harbor Bridge is a short walk the other side. Inside it's another suite with separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and balcony. We've been lucky with good hotels at the beginning and end of this vacation (although there were no deals on this one, it was expensive).
Today we relaxed, explored the city, and got our bearings. It's a wonderful, vibrant city. My wife said it reminded her of Boston, but I've never been so I can't say if that's true. Certainly seems like a good comparison, a harbor town, very old, British connections, and they talk funny. Only draw back I see is their train system is a little more complicated than it seems it should be. But we're figuring it out.
We made dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant. It was one of the best meals we've ever had and also ranked as the second most expensive meal we've ever had. Conveniently my wife did not realize this restaurant had been voted one of the best restaurants in the world for 2 or 3 years in a row until after we were already seated. Oh well, we're on vacation.